Friday, January 8, 2010

The American Coot

Photographed at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando Florida.







The American Coot (Fulica americana) is a bird of the family Rallidae, inhabiting wetlands and open water bodies. About 16 inches (40 cm) in length and weighing 1.4 lb (0.65 kg), adults have a short thick white bill and white frontal shield, which usually has a reddish-brown spot near the top of the bill between the eyes. From up close, a dark band can be distinguished at the billtip. The body is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body. Their legs are yellowish, with scalloped toes rather than webbed feet. Their chicks have black bodies with bright red head and beak, and orange plumes around the neck. The call is a high-pitched squeaking honk somewhat like a goose's but more hollow sounding.

Research from Wikipedia.


Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

11 comments:

Elaine said...

You are getting some wonderful shots with your new camera! Isn't it fun to have a new toy?

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

It looks like they found each other in the end. Nice shot of the coots.

KaHolly said...

Excellent photos. I remember how excited I was to see an American Coot for the first time. I believe I was on a birding trip to FL at the time and quite new to birding.

Leeloo said...

Those are great shots, awesome captures of one preening the other, so sweet :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures.I especially like the feet under water.that is so neat.
Blessings,Ruth

Gaelyn said...

These shots are amazing Craig! Especially the close ups. And I love the image of them preening each other.

Craig Glenn said...

Thanks every one! I am loving the new camera!

Craig

The Muse said...

Loving the shot of the leg in the water!

jeannette stgermain said...

Beautiful header! I thought there was something different about your pics! It's nice to have a new camera, isn't it?

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craig: This one is so cool.

HANNIBAL said...

You are getting some great closeups Craig! Catching up on your blog, you have found plenty to shoot! Loved the coots and their unusual feet!